The first thing to do is clean your patio or deck furniture. The procedure is different from that for cleaning inside furniture since deck and patio furniture is usually more rough and tumble.
Any good commercial cleaner, soap and water or TSP will work well for cleaning outside furniture. TSP is stronger than most other cleaners and will remove quite a few marks. TSP is also good for preparing the painted surface for repainting.
Be sure to let your furniture dry well before doing any more work on it. If you sand wet paint the sanding residue will cling as a paste and flake off after the fresh paint has dried.
Prepare the Surface:
Use a medium fine sandpaper to feather the edges of any chips or scratches. A liquid deglosser application is a good idea, although TSP will usually leave a painted surface in repaintable condition. The liquid deglosser, liquid sandpaper for example, will save lots of elbow grease with sanding.
If there are any bare spots they should be primed and feathered, then the whole piece should be primed. Either a spray, or brush on primer will do the job. A toothbrush and toothpaste will remove many stains or marks, even waxy marks.
Now you should be ready for the final finish. Use a good exterior paint, either spray cans or brush on paint will work fine to give you some like new patio or deck furniture at a small fraction of the cost of new furniture.
Painting tips & tricks
Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.
To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.
When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.
An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.
When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.
To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.
When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.
When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.
When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.
When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.